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By Ray Larez

9nd Annual Sand Sports Super Show

Dragon Fire/Kicker Polaris Ranger ready to hit the slops and party like a rock star!
Dragon Fire/Kicker Polaris Ranger ready to hit the slops and party like a rock star!

Lodestar Racing displaying there new products for 2007
Lodestar Racing displaying there new products for 2007.

Custom Painted California Angel Banshee.
Custom Painted California Angel Banshee.

BITD winners displaying there own line of Polaris RZR parts.
BITD winners displaying there own line of Polaris RZR parts.

Once again it is time for the biggest off-road Expo on the West Coast, the 9th annual Sand Sport Super Show. Every year we come to this show and see some of the trickiest sand machines on the planet. This year there were even some machines that weren’t for the sand at all, but meant to hit the slopes. Also, just like in years past, this expo has done nothing but grow. A whole new section was opened to accommodate the new exhibitors.

This show had it all from big boy toys to toy haulers. It was all here and ready for you to take home. If that wasn’t in your budget, there were plenty of free posters and swag to fill your goodie bag. It was like trick or treat for the big kids. I got a really cool H-bomb video from the R.I.S. Designs booth.

Speaking of R.I.S. Designs, we noticed this totally custom California Angels themed Yamaha Banshee. All the custom parts, the chrome, and an awesome paint job made this one of the cleanest ATVs we spotted this weekend. Also, roaming the seemingly endless halls and isles, we spotted the new KTM 525. Wow, what a sweet machine!!! Out of the box it comes with Ohlin shocks, hydraulic clutch, a nice and wide front suspension package (no need for aftermarket a-arms), and an anti-vibe stem. I think all it needs is a set of nerfs, and you are ready to go racing!! Maybe if I play my cards right, Santa will bring one for X-mas. Lonestar Racing had a really nice display and new parts for the KFX450 and the Polaris RZR. The Girls from Triumph Motorsports were on hand and a nicely painted Rhino built just for the ladies was displayed in their booth. The pink with stars paint jobs was definitely an eye catcher and had all the ladies wanting to take this one home.

As for the Rhino craze, it has died down somewhat and now the other manufacturers are jumping on the band wagon. So it is not the UTV craze, and the companies that once were named after the famed Rhino UTV have now changed their names. Rhino Craft has now changed to Pro Craft and Rhino Mafia has changed to Mafia Industries. Now you see less Rhinos and more Polaris RZR’s like the one we saw in the Pro Craft booth. What a clean vehicle; and if you haven’t driven a RZR yet, I would definitely recommend it. What a blast! This machine has great useable power and we can see why they are growing in popularity. Over in the Works performance booth they informed us they have just released a suspension package kit for the Polaris RZR. It includes Lonestar Racing MTS +4 A-arm kit, axles, Streamline brake lines, and Works Performance Shocks of your choice. Also on display was a RZR built by the guys over at Jagged X. This blue machine was really cool looking and had some really nice accessories. Some of these tricked out RZR and Rhinos are in the $30,000 range with mods.

Then there was this monstrosity built by Dragon Fire!! It had to be in the $50,000 range with all the kicker audio equipment and other really awesome accessories. It was originally a Polaris Ranger, turned snowboarder party vehicle – that was my take on it. It had an air cannon in the rear to shoot T-shirts into a large crowd. It also had a somewhat out-of-control Kicker stereo system to rock the party!! The cab is fully enclosed to keep the occupants warm and toasty. Of course, there were tank tracks so you wouldn’t get stuck in the snow!! You have to give it to the guys over at Dragon Fire for building a really cool Ranger, but at the Sand Show?? Come on guys! Build us a really cool sand machine like that next year, maybe with some AC?

All-in-all another Sand Sports Super Show is in the books with plenty of new products and the ultimate in show vehicles, Sand Rails, UTVs, Trucks, Dirt Bikes, and of course, ATVs. This show had it all and more. It is a great way to spend your weekend and take the kids out to have a really good time.

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